Shuswap band carves canoes for 1st time in 60 years

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Tanner Francois (L) poses with Frank Marchand (R). Marchand, from the Okanagan Indian Band, is helping members of the Little Shuswap Indian Band — including Francois — carve two canoes. (Doug Herbert/CBC)

‘Being able to be taught to do something my ancestors were doing — it’s like I’m following in their footsteps’

CBC News, March 8, 2017

The Little Shuswap Indian Band in B.C.’s Shuswap region is carving canoes for the first time in over 60 years.

The band partnered with the Okanagan Indian Band to relearn canoe-making skills and every day band members have been working on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake at Quaaout Lodge carving out two large canoes. Read the rest of this entry

28 people charged after Muskrat Falls protests

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Protesters slowed work at the Muskrat Falls work site in Labrador in 2016. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Charges announced by RCMP on Tuesday

CBC News, March 7, 2017

Twenty-eight people have been charged in connection with last year’s protests at the Muskrat Falls site, the RCMP announced on Tuesday afternoon.

A total of 60 charges were laid, including mischief, breaches of a court order, and taking a motor vehicle without consent. Read the rest of this entry

CIA could listen through cellphones, smart TVs, WikiLeaks claims

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WikiLeaks claims the CIA has developed malware to eavesdrop through cellphones, and that it can bypass the encryption on apps including WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram. (Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press)

Leaks suggest spies can bypass encryption of messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram

The Associated Press, March 7, 2017

WikiLeaks on Tuesday published thousands of documents purportedly taken from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Center for Cyber Intelligence, a dramatic release that appears to provide an eye-opening look at the intimate details of America’s cyberespionage toolkit. Read the rest of this entry

First Nation-led environmental review panel rejects Ajax mine in Kamloops, B.C.

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Ajax mine located on outskirts of Kamloops, BC.

Controversial $1.3-billion project has residents divided

By Maryse Zeidler, CBC News, March 4, 2017

The Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwépemc Nation has rejected a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine south-west of Kamloops, B.C., after its months-long review of the project.

The decision could be an important upset for KGHM International, a subsidiary of Polish company KGHM Polska Miedźthat, which has been trying to push the controversial $1.3-billion project forward since 2006.  Read the rest of this entry

Fish farm spills diesel near northern Vancouver Island

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Aerial view of the fish farm and diesel fuel spill.

Company ‘highly regrets’ spilling of 600 litres; initial reports said the amount was 1,500 litres

By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News, March 5, 2017

Emergency crews are responding to a diesel spill at a fish farm near the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Early Sunday officials said at least 1,500 litres of diesel overflowed from the Burdwood Fish Farm in Echo Bay, B.C., northeast of Port McNeill. Read the rest of this entry

Sacred Stone camp closed, protesters leave

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Aerial view of the Sacred Stone Camp in February 2017, on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and along the Cannonball River.

by CAROLINE GRUESKIN, Bismarck Tribune, March 1, 2017

The original pipeline protest camp on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation closed Wednesday, as the Bureau of Indian Affairs encouraged people to go home rather than be found trespassing.

The final campers left the Sacred Stone camp after days of hurried cleanup that followed a warning from the BIA that the campers were trespassing on land majority-owned in trust for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

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Group rallies for Prince Albert prisoners

scar-rallyby Brian Fitzpatrick, Regina Leader-Post, March 1, 2017

In the wake of the deadly prison riot in Prince Albert in December, a small crowd led by the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism (SCAR) rallied in Regina on Wednesday to protest against ongoing conditions at the penitentiary.

The unrest at the Saskatchewan Penitentiary — thought to have first erupted over food standards — left Jason Leonard Bird, 43, dead and eight prisoners wounded after fires were lit, fittings smashed, and weapons, including firearms, used by guards.  Read the rest of this entry

S. Dakota Governor wants new powers to prepare for Keystone XL protests

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Police arrest a protester against the Dakota Access Pipeline near Cannonball, North Dakota, December 2016.

Feb 26, 2017

As the protest camp along the route of the Dakota Access pipeline emptied out last week in North Dakota, legislators in South Dakota began considering a potential state law aimed at punishing possible protesters over another oil pipeline.

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Video: Warriors-Islands of Blood

Documentary on Hawaiian Indigenous warrior culture.

Report suggesting mercury still leaking near Grassy Narrows ‘deeply concerning,’ chief says

grassy-narrows-warning-signOngoing contamination ‘unequivocally related’ from mercury spilled decades ago at paper mill, scientists say

CBC News, Feb 28, 2017

A team of scientists has released a report suggesting that an old chemical plant in Dryden, Ont., is still leaking mercury and contaminating the Wabigoon-English River system upstream from the Grassy Narrows First Nation in northwestern Ontario. Read the rest of this entry